Goodbye, Ted

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Despite the innovative defense that goods just kept appearing in his house, Senator Ted Stevens was convicted today of corruption charges:

A federal jury found Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens guilty Monday of accepting and concealing tens of thousands of dollars in free home renovations and other gifts, a felony conviction that likely spells the end of the powerful Republican’s legendary Senate career.

The verdict, announced in a Washington courtroom three blocks from the Capitol, comes just days before voters in Alaska must decide whether to elect the 84-year-old Sen. Stevens to an eighth Senate term.

On another note, I need to get elected to Congress before I commence my crime spree:

Given his age, clean record and long history of public service, observers say it is unlikely that Sen. Stevens will receive a long prison sentence, if any jail time at all.

Given that it was precisely his “public service” that got him in trouble, doesn’t that seem a little odd?

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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